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      Juneteenth Celebration in Altadena (Photos – kent.edu)

      Here’s a list of Juneteenth celebrations in Pasadena and Altadena.

      By Katlyn Ong


      Pasadena Juneteenth Celebration: 3rd Annual Roller Jam
      June 15, 2024
      4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
      Pasadena City Hall
      100 N Garfield Ave.
      Pasadena, CA 91101

      Juneteenth commemorates African Americans’ freedom and achievements, while encouraging continuous self-development and honoring a brighter future. Pasadena’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS) Department and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Pasadena City Hall.

      The Juneteenth Celebration and NAACP 3rd Annual Roller Jam will feature free family-friendly activities, arts and crafts by Armory Center for the Arts, a live DJ, and community resources for all to enjoy. Roller skates can be rented for $10, and food will be available for purchase.


      Alkebu-lan Juneteenth Celebration
      June 18, 2024
      1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
      Alkebu-lan Cultural Center
      1435 N Raymond Ave.
      Pasadena, CA 91103

      The Genealogy Class at the Alkebu-lan Cultural Center will host a Juneteenth Celebration to honor community trailblazers with a discussion and luncheon. Hear inspiring community stories about notable Pasadena figures, including Marcie “Bootsie” Ambrose, Michael Mims, Gloria Wallace, Gary Moody, and Lisa Adkins Clark. The event will also mark the release of the Genealogy class’s book, Because of Them, I AM.

      Because of Them, I AM is a profound exploration of local histories, capturing the narratives of individuals who have significantly contributed to the community. Compiled by the dedicated members of the Alkebu-lan Genealogy Class, this book serves as a testament to the resilience, achievements, and legacies of community trailblazers. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the book and engage with its authors, gaining deeper insights into the rich tapestry of local heritage and the stories that shaped it.

      The Cultural Center welcomes Suzanne Madison, a Pasadena-based consultant with Allegra Consulting and project manager for the SR 710 Reconnecting Communities Oral History project; Dr. Alison Rose Jefferson, an independent historian, heritage conservation consultant, and third-generation Californian; and Reverend Madelyn Manning from Pasadena Church, who will deliver an inspirational message of faith, hope, and restorative justice.

      For more information or to reserve your seat, contact the Alkebu-lan Cultural Center at (626) 794-4647.


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      (L-R) Brian McDonald and Sidney Morrison (Photos – PUSD, bahaiteachings.org)

      Pasadena Baha’i Juneteenth Celebration
      June 19, 2024
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
      3330 San Pasqual St.
      Pasadena, CA 91107

      The Pasadena Baha’i community invites all to a celebration of Juneteenth with guest speakers Dr. Brian McDonald and Sidney Morrison, and a special musical presentation by Shanell Sanders. Tommy Kavelin will emcee the event. The presentation is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, with dinner immediately following. RSVP is required by texting 626-818-5116 by June 17. The event and dinner are free.


      Juneteenth Celebration at Pasadena Senior Center
      June 20, 2024
      2:00 pm
      Pasadena Senior Center
      85 East Holly Street
      Pasadena, CA 91103

      Nobody tells stories like Miss Etta Mae Mumphries, the alter ego of African American writer/actor/comedian Karen Bankhead. Miss Etta Mae will share some of her stories at the Pasadena Senior Center during a special Juneteenth performance, accompanied by actor/singer Pam Trotter.

      A fount of wisdom, Miss Etta Mae has met and influenced exceptional people throughout her extraordinarily long life, including Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Sammy Davis Jr.

      Bankhead, a veteran actress and screenwriter, studied at Second City; was a member of The Groundlings Sunday Company; and was cofounder, producer, and performer with groundbreaking improv groups such as Hold the Cream, and Foxy, Fine, and Funny. She has been a cast member in plays from California to New York and received the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2020 for her role as the flower child Wanda in the play “Three Times a Lady,” which made its national debut in Los Angeles. She has performed stand-up at such renowned clubs as The Comedy Store, The Ice House, and The Improv. Bankhead has played a variety of roles on television shows, including “Will & Grace,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and many more.

      The program is free for members of the Pasadena Senior Center and $5 for nonmembers 50 and older. Residence in Pasadena is not required. To register or for more information, visit this website or call 626-795-4331.

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      Juneteenth Celebration (File Photo – E.J. Photography)


      Altadena Juneteenth Celebration
      June 15, 2024
      8:30 am – 3:30 pm
      Metropolitan Baptist Church
      2283 N Fair Oaks Ave.
      Altadena, CA 91001

      A local community group, My TRIBE Rise, will celebrate this new (four year old) national holiday on June 15, 2024. The festivities will begin at 8:30 am with a Peace March at Charles White Park. A complimentary breakfast will be served at 9:30 am at Metropolitan Baptist Church, and the Celebration and Festival will be from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm.

      The festival will include local artisans and artists, and recognition of Assemblymember Chris Holden and Senator Anthony J. Portantino for their service to the community. The My TRIBE Rise group will also announce the winners of new scholarships for PUSD graduates created in honor of Harmony Hughes. Harmony was struck by an SUV Truck and succumbed to her injuries last August at the age of 15. These academic scholarships will be chosen and awarded at the Juneteenth Festival.

      For more information, click here.


      Altadena Historical Society Juneteenth Celebration Luncheon
      June 19, 2024
      12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
      Farnsworth Park
      568 Mount Curve Ave.
      Altadena, CA 91001

      The Altadena Historical Society, in collaboration with the local community, will host a Juneteenth Celebration Luncheon at Farnsworth Park—Davies Building in Altadena. Now an annual event, the Juneteenth celebration is a testament to the commitment to honor the life and legacy of Ellen Garrison Clark, a 19th-century civil rights activist. The Altadena Historical Society established the Ellen Garrison Clark Fund, placed a grave marker where she was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, and awarded scholarships to two deserving high school seniors, making a tangible difference in their lives.

      This year, the Altadena Historical Society (AHS) honored her legacy by awarding $1,000 scholarships to two graduating seniors from John Muir High School. The program will also feature a compelling Ellen Garrison Clark documentary by Five Sisters Productions and a display of historical quilts made by Vicki Stuckey.

      For more information and tickets to the event, visit the Altadena Historical Society Website.

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      Juneteenth Flag (Photo – Christopher Nuñez)

      Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is a momentous occasion commemorating enslaved African Americans’ emancipation. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19, in various parts of the United States, since 1865.

      Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States (two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation the news reached Texas and upon learning of the abolition of slavery the former slaves immediately began celebrating with prayer, feasting, song, and dance). It is now a day to reflect and celebrate African American history and culture.

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